Bristol, a foodie’s guide to surviving January this year
Love is in the air this time of year and for good reason. The evenings are brightening up, the weather will soon be getting warmer-ish and the first signs of spring are bursting through the soil in form of daffodils and crocuses. When every restaurant bar and pub in the country are vying for you to treat the one you love most with them, it can be hard to pick, so let us give you a hand and see where we rate for an intimate dinner for two.
Ok so perhaps this place isn’t intimate, but it’s lively, fun and is going to have your feet tapping whilst tucking into some South American dishes. For couples that have a lust for life, love and rum, book here for your valentines treat. We recommend the cured meat board for two to share and a round of tapas dishes before hitting the dance floor.
Close your eyes and think of Greece, the sun, sea, sand, feta cheese, ouzo…you can almost pretend you’re there if you sit close to the radiator at the office. Reminise together on a romantic holiday or plan a new one whilst eating authentic Greek food. We recommend a few plates of their fresh meze between two and a good bottle of wine.
Put some spice in your relationship at The Mint room, the perfect place for couples that see themselves more modern Indian than classic curry house. Here you can sample the finest dishes taken from and inspired by regions across India. For those that like Valentines to be classic, they have a spectacular lobster dish, marinated in Goan spices cooked with red chilli, onion and tomato served with seafood salad. Almost guaranteed to put you in your other halves good books for the rest of the year.
If you think your partner in dine is flaming hot, you should take them to Quay Street Diner for dinner. The cocktails are knock out, the desserts are to die for but the mains will have you coming back. With the majority of options cooked over a live charcoal fire, everything tastes spectacular, from the padron pepper sides, the tacos to share and of course their juicy steaks and burgers.
Perhaps you both bond better over pints in the pub? That is no problem here, who doesn’t love a rainy afternoon sipping beers and eating good pub grub? The Crafty Cow ticks all of those boxes and more. Find a cosy corner and order some hearty mains including moules frites, slow cooked lamb shank or wild mushroom risotto. The Crafty Cow is also very family friendly. A great option if you’ve got the kids in tow (but we suggest getting a babysitter!).
For you singles, this time of year is a bit tedious. Instead of getting drunk and texting your ex, why not go for a Pizzarova pizza, and even take home the leftover slices and eat it in the Bath on your own? Light some candles, order a tin of craft beer with your slices and partake in some self-love.
You don’t need nobody anyway…